Everyone will face at least a few major life crises, and many of these issues have a severe and detrimental impact on personal finances. For example, a serious illness can result in a mountain of medical expenses. The unexpected loss of a job may lead to the repossession of your car and the foreclosure of your home. If you are not prepared to navigate through these and other critical situations, you may easily feel immense financial stress. This stress may be avoided if you take steps now to improve your financial health in various ways.

Establish a Healthy Savings Account Balance
One of the primary purposes of a savings account is to provide essential funds when faced with unexpected expenses. This is money that is easily available to you and that may be used to cover your bills if you are laid off, to pay for extra expenses, to travel when a family member is seriously ill and more. Because this money may be used in various ways, consider building your account balance up gradually so that it eventually covers at least six months of your living expenses.

Eliminate Debt
If you are already drowning in various forms of debt when you are hit with a financial crisis, you may be much less able to manage your budget with reduced income, extra expenses or a combination of both. Debt payments eat into your monthly income while also preventing you from being able to save as much as possible. If you have student loans, credit card debts, high auto loan payments or any other debts, now is the time to eliminate debt reasonably. For car payments and mortgage payments, look for ways to reduce these expenses as much as possible.

Live Beneath Your Means
Many people live with unnecessary financial stress on a regular basis because of their lifestyle. It seemingly makes sense to live up to your means at first glance. After all, you may be able to afford all of your current regular expenses on your salary. However, when live up to your means, you have no wiggle room to manage unexpected situations. Now is the time to scale back your lifestyle so that you have extra room for maneuverability when you run into an unexpected situation.

Even when you take these steps, you may still need or benefit from legal assistance. For example, if you are injured due to the negligence or by the intentional acts of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. Knowing when to seek assistance from personal injury and compensation lawyers may be a good backup option to minimize the impact of serious events and protect your finances.

Author's Bio: 

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.